DTM: Oschersleben - Race 2.
Lead in the overall standings.
The DTM staged races 13 and 14 this weekend in front of 66,000 spectators at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Mercedes-Benz head the DTM drivers’ and the team standings after seven of nine race weekends this season. Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) extended his lead in the overall standings with a P5 in the second race. He is now on 140 points, 14 points up on Swedish driver Mattias Ekström (Audi). gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG lead the team rankings with a total of 196 points. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) in sixth place finished in the points. Fellow Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the line in P13.
Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) booked positions 15, 16 and 18 respectively. Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) had to retire shortly before the end of the race but was ranked 17th. Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took the chequered flag in P21.
Pleased with my position.
Pascal Wehrlein, P5: “My start was okay until the first turn, but then I was on the outside and would perhaps have been spun, if I’d not left the door open. That’s why I lost a position there.
On the whole, I thought that we might perhaps be a bit stronger in the race, but it was only enough for fifth place in the end. Still, I can be pleased with my position in the overall standings.”
Paul Di Resta, P6: “A reasonable result. I suppose I have to be happy with points. It’s obviously a shame when you qualify fifth on the grid not to move forwards, but I think the pace today in race conditions wasn’t quite where it needed to be, unfortunately. Qualifying was good, so, we can leave Oschersleben feeling fairly satisfied with the weekend.
Hopefully, we’ll do a bit better at the Nürburgring.”
Unlucky at the start.
Gary Paffett, P13: “Obviously, starting from P11 was always going to be tricky, plus, I was really unlucky at the start. Molina spun in front of me and I had to go off track into the gravel to avoid him – that’s why I lost a lot of positions. Then Mortara locked up and took me out of the race once more. I again lost a lot of positions as a result.”
Daniel Juncadella, P15: “I was last after the incidents on the first lap. After that, my pace was really good. I was much quicker than the drivers in front and was able to overtake them. I maintained my pace and was as fast as the race leader at one point. That’s why I’m disappointed at not doing better in this morning’s qualifying.
We still have to analyse what went wrong. There isn’t much more you can do when you start from 22nd place on the grid.”
Too much damage.
Robert Wickens, P16: “I had a relatively good start and thought I might have a chance at some points. Unfortunately, though, I was hit from behind on one of the laps after the restart. I had too much damage on the car after that. Another weekend to forget. Bring on the Nürburgring!”
Wheels locked up.
Lucas Auer, P17: “Of course, I thought the second race would be very different. I was reasonably satisfied with 17th on the grid, especially since I was able to gain a few places yesterday. But then I was involved in a collision in the very first turn and dropped down to the back of the field. I caught up a little during the race, but unfortunately, I came off the track in the closing stages. We must now analyse what exactly caused it together with the team. The front wheels locked up under braking, leaving me unable to do anything.
I’m alright at the moment – the emergency team took great care of me – but we’ve decided that it’s best to give me a thorough check-up in hospital.”
Maximilian Götz, P18: “It was a good race up until my pit stop. I was in P14 and my pace had been good. Unfortunately, I then stalled when setting off, which is why I emerged behind Timo Scheider. I thought, though, that things would carry on as they had done before the stop.
I had felt great then and had overtaken several cars. Unfortunately, things weren’t ideal on the second set of used tyres, and I wasn’t able to attack any more, and so, I lost a few places. I had to defend my position against Mike Rockenfeller in the end. That was a tough fight.”
A weekend to forget.
Christian Vietoris, P21: “The day actually started quite well. We made some progress in qualifying, and I felt comfortable in the car. But then in the race, unfortunately, nothing went right from the very first lap. I was just too slow. A weekend to forget.”
Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM: “That was a disappointing race for us – one we’d already lost at the start. After a solid qualifying, none of our drivers who had qualified in the Top Ten were able to gain position. Oschersleben is a track where it’s extremely difficult to overtake. We saw the proof of that again today. Also, two drivers in promising positions – Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett – lost ground directly as a result of the collision at the start, and their vehicles were so badly damaged that they were off the pace in the race.
At least, Pascal Wehrlein was able to extend his lead in the championship. What was also very positive is that Paul Di Resta finished sixth, extending our lead in the team standings.”